Buy Used
£1.89
FREE Delivery on orders over £10.
Used: Good | Details
Sold by Tree Savers
Condition: Used: Good
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Hold Tight Paperback – 8 Jan 2009

4.0 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback, 8 Jan 2009
£0.01 £0.01
Audio Download, Unabridged
"Please retry"
CD-ROM
"Please retry"
£17.95
Available from these sellers.
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; Reprint edition (8 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752882937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752882932
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 385,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Review

"The undertow of savagery beneath the calm surface of suburban life is a theme that runs throughout Coben's dark, tautly structured thrillers, in which nothing is quite what it seems to be" (Christina Koning TIMES )<br /><br />'Excellent thriller from one of America's best popular novelists' (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY )<br /><br />"zigzags between two chilling plots" (CANDIS )<br /><br />"the suspense keeps you hooked to the last word" (TELEGRAPH & ARGUS )<br /><br />"Coben dleivers yet another gripping read... addictive from the start... if you want dram, tension, tears and intrigue, this is the book to buy" (NEWSSHOPPER.CO.UK )<br /><br />"His thrillers come with the guarantee of a great read and a twist in the tale, and again he delivers the goods" (EVENING TELEGRAPH )<br /><br />"One of his finest stand alone novels" (GOOD BOOK GUIDE ) --Good Book Guide

Book Description

How far will you go to protect your child?
A superb SUNDAY TIMES No.1 bestseller.

See all Product Description

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
A professional couple uses spyware to spy on their son, Adam, who remains troubled by the recent suicide of his friend. Adam then goes missing and drug-world connections are implied . Another plot thread is provided by the couple's daughter who has a friend who was on the wrong side of an unfortunate remark by a teacher at their school.

This is a typical Coben novel which keeps you turning the pages because Coben is so good at withholding crucial bits of the story and keeping the tension tight. A lot of coincidences keep the story running, however, and I also felt that Coben's usual wit and insights were missing from his writing this time. There are a host of characters in the novel sometimes making it hard to keep up - all of them installed into the story-line, no doubt, to keep readers guessing about what really is going on.

In short, a pretty riveting read but one which didn't display all of the skills we know Coben has.
Comment 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I was utterly gripped by the first few chapters as Mike and Tia desperately look for their missing son and a crazy man is abducting carefully-targeted women for torture and murder.

But then the pace becomes uneven and, while characterisation is never the great strength of Coben's books, all but the major characters here seem badly underwritten.

The different strands of plot are brought together in the last chapter in a way I can only describe as unconvincing and perfunctory.

He's written much better. New readers, don't start here.
2 Comments 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
In my opinion Coben is one of the most consistent writers in the thriller writer genre. All of his novels have been great reads, and I have been waiting for the release of "Hold Tight" since I finished "The Woods." This time out Coben has crafted a page turner that will make parents shudder. Coben is able to weave a number of real life concerns into this convincing thriller. This is something he is a master at---taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary. The issues of teen suicide, a teen's right to privacy, parental spying, single parent families, and what should kids need to know and when are all explored. These issues are brought into focus though the eyes of parents who are dealing with the teen angst of their 16 year old son who's best friend recently committed suicide. When Mom and Dad start snooping on their son's computer they find something that chills them to the bone, something they might wish they did not know....I wont ruin the surprise but in typical Coben fashion things are not what they seem. Just be ready to settle in until the last page is turned. If you like Coben you will probably like the thriller TOURIST IN THE YUCATAN I highly recomemend!
3 Comments 21 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
The first Coben book I've read and a huge disappointment considering all the positive things I'd heard about his work. I found all of the characters totally unbelievable and some of the clichés were so painfully bad it made reading hard work. At points I had to put the book down after page upon page of meaningless drivel along the lines of "She loved her kids and she would have done anything for them [insert bland anecdote about when she was at college] she would die for her kids, she thought" *yawn*.

I also found the serial killer character completely ridiculous. His lack of development as a character was completely woeful. The story would have benefited from removing that thread entirely and saving us all 50 pages of our time.

I would strongly advise against reading this book.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am fairly new to Harlan Coben's books and I have enjoyed reading most of them but, so far, this is the one I have enjoyed the most. I could hardly put it down. The characters were very believable and I kept saying "oh don't do that" 😊 Brilliant.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Although a readable and reasonably enjoyable novel the plotting is far too formulaic and the end result somewhat disappointing. I think Coben is hitting the same problem as other crime and thriller writers such as John Grisham. Something compeletly new is needed in order to reinvigorate his thrillers. I'd prefer to see some risk-taking and experimentation than the trotting out of a pedictable and pedestrian story. This is strictly for the beach or the flight; or when you're feeling too tired to worry too much and want something familiar even if it is a bit tired and unoriginal.
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I do so enjoy a good Harlan Coben novel. It's that cheesiness and 'all American' feel coupled with a juicy plot that really holds my attention.
'Hold Tight' is well constructed and the pace is excellent. The story is multi-layered and though this could have been confusing with a less accomplished novelist, it works well in this instance.
Tense, a little bit grim at times and suspenseful - almost perfect...
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I bought this book after I heard somebody on the radio describe it as "like crack cocaine...". Having read it, I realise that this is actually more accurate than I first thought . It certainly is quite addictive, but also like cocaine it certainly isn't going to expand your mind. (DOI I have never taken crack cocaine.) Coben starts off with a note explaining that the technology he describes in the book is all real, and it is obvious he has spent some time researching all the different types of spyware available. However, he comes across like someone who does really doesn't "get" modern technology, and his descriptions of it in the story are pretty clunky. He reminds me of a lecturer I had years ago at uni who asked the class if we were "in-line with the internet". I wouldn't be surprised if early drafts of this book had words like "e-mail" in inverted commas. He also seems determined to include all the different technologies that he discovered, regardless of whether the plot calls for it. For example, the Lewistons watching their child via the camera on the laptop, for no apparent reason other than that they are able to.
Another reviewer has mentioned that the characters are 2 dimensional, but frankly I have been unable to identify a second dimension in any of them. The baddies are so bad they just about cackle and rub their hands together, whilst the goodies would never so much as break the speed limit. The main character, Mike Baye (who I picture looking like Mr Incredible out of The Incredibles), is a surgeon who also plays All American hockey (whatever that is), and not just a surgeon, but a transplant surgeon....and not just a transplant surgeon, but the best transplant surgeon in America. And his partner is the best cardiologist in America or something.
Read more ›
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse


Feedback